News Brief

2021 Street Sweeping Starts Next Monday, April 26

The Town of Winthrop conducts Street Sweeping operations on the last full week of the month (last week with a Friday) from April through October between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM on the day of a street’s trash collection.  If there is a holiday on the week sweeping would normally occur, sweeping is done a week early. (Please note, there are no holiday weeks in the 2021 schedule.)

Town ordinance prohibits parking in a manner that impedes the street sweeper.  Violation of the street sweeping ordinance carries a $40.00 fine, and your vehicle can be towed.

The 2021 street sweeping dates are:

April 26-30 (week of the 26th) 
May 24-28 (week of the 24th) 
June 21-25 (week of the 21st)
July  26-30 (week of the 26th)
Aug. 23-27 (week of the 23rd)
Sep. 20-24 (week of the 20th)
Oct. 25-29 (week of the 25th).

MVES Recognizes Those Who Lend a Helping Hand

 The theme for National Volunteer Week is Celebrate Service, an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve. Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, to take their passion and turn it into meaningful change. When each of us, in our own way, answers the call to make a difference, we make progress in solving our most persistent problems, and create stronger communities and a more just society.

National Volunteer Week—started on April 18 and ends April 2421—is an opportunity to recognize and thank Mystic Valley Elder Services’ 400+ volunteers who lend their use their time, talent, voice and resources to meet the critical needs of our communities.

“Our volunteers’ stories serve to inspire others to take action, to realize their power to make a difference, and be a force that transforms the world. This Week is a time to celebrate the impact of volunteer service has on our communities,” says Leah Mulrenan, MVES Volunteer Program Manager.

 National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. It is an opportunity to honor the impact of all those who do good in our communities, and inspire others to make a difference and improve the world.

 If you would like to learn more about volunteering for MVES, please contact Leah Mulrenan at (781) 388-2375 or [email protected], or visit

TSA Seeks Input on Mobile Driver’s Licenses to Inform Real ID Rulemaking

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published a request for information in the Federal Register seeking information about security standards and technologies concerning mobile driver’s licenses. Responses to the request for information will support future DHS/TSA rulemaking to update the REAL ID Act implementing regulation to accommodate mobile driver’s licenses.  

Mobile driver’s licenses are digital representations of physical driver’s licenses, and are typically accessed via an app installed on a smartphone. Conceptually, mobile driver’s licenses are similar to digital representations of physical credit cards that are accessed via apps installed on smartphones. DHS and TSA are interested in mobile driver’s licenses because, compared to physical driver’s licenses, mobile driver’s licenses could provide greater security to TSA and all federal agencies verifying an individual’s identity, stronger privacy protections to individuals, and health and safety benefits to all users by enabling touchless identity verification.

“The TSA workforce comprises teams of security-focused innovators who look for opportunities to improve security and the traveler experience across the nation’s transportation network,” said Darby LaJoye, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the TSA Administrator. “The mobile driver’s license is one emerging technology example, and TSA is interested in exploring its incorporation into our identity verification processes.”

The Request for Information, solicits comments and input regarding technical approaches, applicable industry standards and best practices to ensure that mobile driver’s licenses can be issued and authenticated with features that ensure security, privacy and identity fraud detection. Comments may be submitted until June 18, 2021.

The REAL ID Act applies to mobile and digital driver’s licenses and identification cards. To enable federal agency acceptance of mobile driver’s licenses for “official purposes,” which the REAL ID Act defines as including access to federal facilities, nuclear power plants, and boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft, the REAL ID Act implementing regulation requires an update to accommodate mobile driver’s licenses. This request for information will inform potential updates to the regulation.

For more information on REAL ID, please visit

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